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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Daryl Johnston on McNabb benching

By Dan Steinberg

Sunday will mark the third straight week that Daryl Johnston will be calling the Redskins game on Fox. It will also, apparently, mark the first Redskins game he's called featuring Rex Grossman as the starting quarterback.

(Rex Grossman. The starting quarterback. Never really thought about what it would feel like to type those words. Feels dangerous. Feels naughty. Feels like flinging Parcheesi pieces at random passers-by from a second-story balcony while eating pretzels covered with melted port wine cheese and guzzling Fresca. Spiked Fresca, maybe.)

Anyhow, Johnston. He happened to be on with the Dan Patrick Show when news of the McNabb benching broke.

"There have been some rumblings, and we were waiting on it last week," Johnston said. "Jay Glazer from Fox Xports kind of broke it in the pregame, and when we were at practice, there were more reps distributed between Rex and Donovan than you would have normally seen during a regular week. And we talked to them abut that, and what Jay said was true: if Donovan had struggled in the Tampa Bay game last week, I think Rex was gonna have the opportunity to step in.

"The fact that he's starting this week, I don't think Donovan did anything last week to lose an opportunity to be the starting quarterback. He had the drive down the field that put them in position to earn the tie. So I don't know why the switch this week when they didn't make the switch last week."

Patrick then attempted to ask why you would make the switch now.

"I think it's been very tumultuous for Donovan during the course of the year," Johnston said. "There's something there. And it's tangible, it's noticeable. People talk around it -- they don't talk directly about it -- but we've definitely had the feeling that something is not right there."

And does he agree with the decision? I feel like he's trending toward no.

"One of the greatest statements John Madden ever made was you don't fire a head coach unless you've got somebody better to hire after him," Johnston said. "And I think the same can be said about a quarterback: you don't part ways with somebody because maybe he doesn't fit into your system. They've got to find some common ground and have a relationship. But you can't just get rid of Donovan just to get rid of him, if there's nobody else there."

Why is he calling Rex Grossman a "nobody." Just wait til Sunday, Moose, just wait.

Sob.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 17, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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Comments

Finally. To be clear, Rex Grossman is terrible. But FINALLY. Get lost, McNabb

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | December 17, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Well at least we've forced our own hand to do something about the quarterback situation in the future.

Posted by: rademaar | December 17, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Nothing good has ever come out of Syracuse.

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Right, Daryl, you don't bench the big-name-signing QB that's gotten you to 5-8 when you're still in the... regular season race. Like duh!

Posted by: prokaryote | December 17, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Nothing good has ever come out of Syracuse.

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

What are you talking about? Etan Thomas went to Syracuse!

Posted by: d_skillz | December 17, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Well it's good to know that no matter how experienced or respected the head coach is, you can always count on the circus to make regular appearances at Redskins Park. Between the handling of Haynesworth this summer, the Detroit game, and now this - Shanahan has lost the plot.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 17, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Well it's good to know that no matter how experienced or respected the head coach is, you can always count on the circus to make regular appearances at Redskins Park. Between the handling of Haynesworth this summer, the Detroit game, and now this - Shanahan has lost the plot.

Posted by: gocaps2 | December 17, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Did you just call Moose Johnston a SOB?

Posted by: wp264 | December 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

They should rename this team - 'Just When You Think It Can't Get Worse'.

Posted by: gs12 | December 17, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

the guy who dissed syracuse jim brown david bing jim bohiem ernie davis jim ckonka floyd little carmelo anthony marvin harrison donte green , well you get the picture

Posted by: rwest828hope | December 17, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Conspiracy alert! They don't want Donovan to break Jay Schroeder's passing record.

Posted by: theblackman96 | December 17, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Another year, another disaster. The Snyder reign of terror continues....

Posted by: dbunkr | December 17, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Nothing good has ever come out of Syracuse.

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

What are you talking about? Etan Thomas went to Syracuse!

Well you just made his point. Etan Thomas was a nothing as well.

Posted by: jerod1 | December 17, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Nothing good has ever come out of Syracuse.

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 17, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

ART MONK?

Posted by: Freddy_ADU | December 17, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

this is not on d snyder he tried to do the right thing the shanahans have betryed his trust by allowing kyle to run the team .

Posted by: rwest828hope | December 17, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the pick the Redskins gave up for McNabb is doing quite well in Philly - Nate Allen is their starting Free Safety. To rub salt in the wounds of you Redskin fans, here are some other players in rounds 2-4 that the Skins could have gotten with that pick:

QB Colt McCoy (CLE)
WR Mike Williams (TB)
DE Lamarr Houston (OAK)
LB Brandon Spikes (NE)

Posted by: vicguru | December 17, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

My way or the highway with Shanny nation.
its too bad. Football teams are planned through offensive and defensive lines. Donovan just like Jason Campbell needs a dependable line. Its obvious Donovan had bad judgement backing Haynesworth. He is paying the price. Haynesworth has his attitude problems,but the coaches have to play players to their skill level and comfort levelobviously they are not.
Arizona needs a quarterback , good luck Donovan enjoy the desert.

Posted by: vaparrot | December 17, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

My way or the highway with Shanny nation.
its too bad. Football teams are planned through offensive and defensive lines. Donovan just like Jason Campbell needs a dependable line. Its obvious Donovan had bad judgement backing Haynesworth. He is paying the price. Haynesworth has his attitude problems,but the coaches have to play players to their skill level and comfort leve lobviously they are not.
Arizona needs a quarterback , good luck Donovan enjoy the desert.

Posted by: vaparrot | December 17, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

NO! NO! NO! As long as McNab is breathing and can stand upright, I start him over Grossman. McNab's kept us in some games (like Indy) a lot longer than we should have been.

If he was playing behind an offensive line worth the powder to blow it to hell and had a running game worth a damn this team could easily be on the plus side of .500!

Posted by: AKReader2 | December 17, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

McNabb sucks, the Shanny's suck, our defense is ATROCIOUS, and of course , Dan Snyder sucks.

Posted by: j00_suxor | December 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

laughing out loud at the goobers from syracuse trying to take over the comments

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | December 17, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Everything comes in threes. Someone call Coach Joe and tell him he's got one more run in him.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 17, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

WORST.....ORGANIZATION......EVERRRRRRRRR

Posted by: N07H4NX | December 17, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I would have given ART MONK a pass, but he loses points for having Freddy Adu stick up for him.

What is this... Syracuse nation coming here to defend themselves? It's like the Virginia Tech persecution complex all over again...

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 17, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I can't stop thinking about the draft picks we gave up for a QB we weren't even confident enough to start all season. McNabb isn't great, but who could've been great behind that terrible line? It's gonna be hard to watch on Sunday. That is for sure.

Posted by: Tiffany010 | December 17, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

To the tune of that famous old country song....

Agents...don't let your players sign up to be Redskins.....

They'll lie and they'll woo em, pay em then screw em...and make sure what's left of their career is done...

Posted by: N07H4NX | December 17, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Conspiracy alert! They don't want Donovan to break Jay Schroeder's passing record.

Posted by: theblackman96 | December 17, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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Funny, that was my first thought too.

Posted by: M__N | December 17, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

This is abusive not only to McNabb, but more importantly to the Redskins fans. Does anyone really believe that Grossman gives the Redskins a better chance of winning? Take a deflated team after a soul-crushing loss to Tampa Bay, then bench the team's putative leader (and marketing figure) right before the Cowboys game? Snyder is in serious trouble of losing his otherwise stalwart fan base.

Posted by: EasyDecisions | December 17, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Tanking the rest of the season to get a higher draft pick.

Posted by: washwave | December 17, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Do you critics realize that, without DM5 this year, Skins would likely be 1-12 or 2-11? This is a TERRIBLE team, with no weapons, no depth, & DM by himself is responsible for us even having 5 wins. On the other hand, his play may have lost a couple, too. But he is not responsible for the HORRIBLE defense, LOUSY playcalling, & trying to make players fit into schemes (zone blocking, 3-4 D) they're unsuited for. What ever happened to tailoring the schemes to fit the personnel? Both Shannys seem incapable of doing so, which has a lot to do with the HORRIBLE state of the team right now. Skins have much more to worry about than the QB, or at least they did until today.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 17, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Grossman will not give the Redskins a better chance of beating Dallas, and for a real Redskins fan, that is huge. I wish Shanahan were capable of understanding that. McNabb as starting QB would be no guarantee either, but it would give us a more of a chance. Shame on Shanahan. He's not just crapping on McNabb. He's crapping on Redskins fans too.

Posted by: CAmira5 | December 17, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan has made few right moves since he has arrived here in DC.

His ego is bigger than Jimmy Johnson apparently and that is saying something.

Then he is out there shilling for his son, who bears a lot of the responsibility for the failure of the offense to show any spark in 2010.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | December 17, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Johnston hates the Redskins. It's hard to listen to him cover a game, because he simply cannot say positive things about anything anyone on the team does. What is worse, he isn't even good as a color man.

It's not a Syracuse complex, it's simply not letting retarded comments go unrefuted, especially when ne of the greatest athelets of all time went there. The internet makes us immune to such comments, and as a result we have retards like Palin and Beck shaping national debate on important issues.

Posted by: jgziegler | December 18, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

McNabb was always overrated and is now done. So they are cutting their losses. Chalk one up for Philly in getting one over on us. But, big picture, McNabb can't get out of town soon enough. Time to move on.

Posted by: poguesmahone | December 18, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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